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Old 03-12-2013, 11:34 AM
 
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Hi,
What do you guys think is a better situation?

1) $108 hoa fee that only includes snow removal, 2 tot lots and a pavilion

Or

2) $194 with all inclusive amenities, tennis court, pools, bball court, gym, community events, etc. is it really worth the extra 86 bucks a month?


The number 2 option is also 35k extra for the house, probably partly because of well designed community.

Thanks!
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Old 03-12-2013, 11:41 AM
 
Location: Northern Virginia
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Will you use the tennis court, pools, basketball court, or gym? If your HOA doesn't have a gym, are you going to buy a membership elsewhere? Do you normally buy a summer pool membership anyway?

It's all personal choice--some folks would see a lot of value in those extra things, others wouldn't.
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Old 03-12-2013, 11:42 AM
 
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Are you going to use the extra sports facilities?

I wouldn't, so I would prefer the lower fee.
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Old 03-12-2013, 11:57 AM
 
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Probably not nearly enough to justify the extra expense. The fitness center isn't built yet, but if it was very nice w instructor lead fitness classes I probably would use it often in place of my sport and health membership.
Was also thinking it would be nice to have when we have kids
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Old 03-12-2013, 12:20 PM
 
Location: Brambleton, VA
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My HOA fee for a SFH is $170/month and that includes all the amenities you mention (except a gym) but also includes FiOS TV and Internet service. So $194 seems a little high to me.
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Old 03-12-2013, 12:26 PM
 
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My HOA fee for a SFH is $170/month and that includes all the amenities you mention (except a gym) but also includes FiOS TV and Internet service. So $194 seems a little high to me.
Your HOA includes Fios?! Is this an HOA or a Condo fee? If the former, what sort of magical neighborhood includes all of that! I remember paying about 170 for FIOS alone when I used to live in an area that had it..
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Old 03-12-2013, 12:56 PM
 
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I'd personally go with the cheaper option and use the extra money to sign up for YMCA or some nice health club like that with all the amenities but likely better.
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Old 03-12-2013, 12:56 PM
 
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I guess my next question beyond if you would use the amenities, is everything else equal in terms of commuting, schools, desirablility to the market for resell?
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Old 03-12-2013, 01:16 PM
 
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There's a bigger potential of an increase with the second option than the first.

The condo I rent in has a high fee ($500/month) that includes most of the utilties (water, heat, a/c). It means that people aren't inclined to save money by using less or upgrading equipment. In fact, some people will use more. I pay a flat rental amount so it doesn't affect me.
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Old 03-12-2013, 01:29 PM
 
Location: northern va
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Your HOA includes Fios?! Is this an HOA or a Condo fee? If the former, what sort of magical neighborhood includes all of that! I remember paying about 170 for FIOS alone when I used to live in an area that had it..

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